Friday , Nov , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats on the prowl in Memphis

(Sports Network) – Two teams which were dealt season-opening home defeats on
Wednesday get together this evening in Memphis, where the Grizzlies welcome
the Charlotte Bobcats to the FedEx Forum.

Memphis got quite a workout in its first game of the 2006-07 campaign but came
up on the short end of a 118-117 triple-overtime thriller against the New York
Knicks. Quentin Richardson scored a game-high 31 points and sank a pair of
free throws with 11.9 seconds left in the final extra session to give New York
the road win.

Chucky Atkins netted 25 points and Hakim Warrick added 22 along with 12
rebounds for the Grizzlies, who rallied from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit
to send the contest into OT.

Rookie Rudy Gay had an outstanding career debut for Memphis, scoring 21 points
and pulling down eight rebounds. Mike Miller finished with 18 points in

The Bobcats opened their third NBA season with Wednesday’s 106-99 home defeat
to Indiana. The Pacers used a 19-6 third-quarter run to take a lead they would
never relinquish.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Bobcats,
who led for the majority of the first half and took a 50-49 edge into
intermission. Brevin Knight compiled 14 points, eight boards and seven assists
in the loss.

Charlotte rookie Adam Morrison, the third overall pick in this past June’s
draft, came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

The Bobcats got a scare during the second quarter when forward Gerald Wallace,
the team’s leading scorer last season, left the game after landing hard on his
head and neck due to a flagrant foul by Indiana’s Danny Granger. Wallace did
not suffer a concussion, however, and is expected to play tonight.

Charlotte will again be without starting center Primoz Brezec, who is
suffering from bouts of exhaustion and dehydration, however.

Memphis has won all four lifetime meetings with the Bobcats and swept last
year’s home-and-home series. The Grizzlies recorded a 102-95 victory over
Charlotte at the FedEx Forum back in March.